Food Porn: Vera Pizzeria

Since the being featured in a Buffalo Rising article in March of this year, Vera Pizzeria has been without question the #1 restaurant that I get asked about.  I think it was a combination of a cool location and a cuisine/menu that sounded really exciting that really grabbed people’s interest.  Well, it was a long 6 month wait from hearing about their plans to stepping foot inside their Lexington Ave restaurant.  Over that time one large aspect of the restaurant changed, originally intended to be a pizzeria with a wood-fire/brick oven, they’ve had to substitute that with a more common oven with pizza stones.  While that might upset some Neapolitan pizza purists, the pizzas that Vera are offering are still pretty darn good and their cocktail menu is definitely one of the best in Buffalo.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Upscale Casual, Bar
  • Cuisine: Pizza
  • Price: Pizzas $10-13, Appetizers $7-10, Entrees $15+
  • Location: Elmwood

The actual location is a one-room studio which is on the smaller side, very similiar to Black Rock Kitchen and Bar’s set up.  With seating for about 25, you’ll find yourself waiting for a table on a busy weekend night.  That’s exactly what happened to Alli and I last Friday night but luckily the wait turned out being less then 30 minutes.  The owners Cameron and Jessica have really turned this former yoga studio into a very hip restaurant.   A long bench extends along the exposed brick wall (that has a very cool vintage cigar ad painted on), there is a good size bar stocked with any liquor you could think of and with dim lighting and a pretty trendy crowd, even without the food this place will be a great place to grab a drink and just hang out.  Their cocktail menu is composed of drinks that are inspired by pre-prohibition era liquors and $10 will get you one of their soon to be signature drinks.  Besides Sample, I can’t think of another bar in Buffalo that is good for sitting and having a really good mixed drink served by what seem like very knowledgeable bartenders/mixologists.

Unfortunately, I didn’t start my meal off with a cocktail, I didn’t do my research and had no idea they had such an extensive selection (complete with bartenders with ties, vests and in one case a handlebar mustache!).  So I started my dinner with a Tecate while Alli just had water and we decided to try some of their appetizers as well as a pizza.  To start, we ordered the Tomato Bisque ($6, pictured in gallery) and Garlic Knots with fig jam ($7, pictured above).  The soup was good but the Garlic Knots are what really impressed us.  A simple garlic roll that we spread the candy-like fig jam and garlic ricotta on top of, I would have ordered my own if I knew it was going to be as good as it was.  The sweetness of the jam was fantastic with the salty garlic bread.  If you make a visit I would definitely suggest you order some.

Vera has 7 pizza’s on their menu and they range from $10 to $12 bucks each and for an extra $2 you can add an egg to your toppings.  Alli was in the mood for something simple and ordered a Margherita pizza (pictured top, $11) and was topped with the traditional San Marzano tomato sauce, buffalo milk mozzarella, fresh basil and olive oil.  The crust had a nice chewy thickness and the tomato sauce was nice and sweet but we would have liked a little more mozzarella.  I wanted to order a pizza that would be the best to add an egg on top of.  So, I ended up choosing the Porchetta pizza ($13 with an egg, pictured bottom) because I thought the pork shoulder would pair nicely with the egg.  Considering the crust was a little thicker, it was perfect in soaking up the egg yolk when I broke it open.  I wasn’t a big fan of the cured olives with the mix of cheese and pork, they had a really strong flavor that didn’t mix well for me.  However, the pork shoulder was very tender and the sauce had a sweet almost bbq like flavor with a nice portion of caramelized onions mixed in.

We visited Vera on their 2nd night of business so it’s not fair to judge their food completely because who knows how much they can improve their technique over the next few months.  Our service was great and our food came fast, and aside from a lack of “waiting room” on a busy night, everything else went great.  I’m excited that these owners are going for something new to the city of Buffalo.  While Neapolitan-style pizzerias are becoming a buzz word in Western New York, this type of thing isn’t readily available yet in the city (do note, though, that Vera’s isn’t technically “authentic” Neapolitan).  While the cocktail menu and knowledgeable/skilled bartenders are worth a trip alone, Alli and I will be making a return trip soon and to try another pizza.

Photo Gallery:

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One thought on “Food Porn: Vera Pizzeria

  1. Mary Anne

    I went Thursday and Friday night and had the pan seared steak with polenta both nights. It was excellent!!!!! The best creamy polenta I have ever ate!

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